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  1. News Article
    Menopausal women working in NHS England will be able to work flexibly should they need to under new guidance. Launching the first national NHS guidance on menopause, the NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, has called on other employers to follow suit to help “break the stigma”. She said many employees were “silently suffering” and were either too embarrassed to broach the subject or experience a “lack of support” when they did. No one should feel their only option is to “turn their back on their career” over menopausal symptoms, she added. “It’s our responsibility as
  2. Content Article
    Recommendations All healthcare organisations should introduce flexible working arrangements for individual clinicians, with policies and procedures to ensure those affected can seek support – such as making reasonable workplace adjustments, taking breaks or taking time off when needed – without fear of adverse impacts on their career or professional reputation. Managers and senior leaders in the NHS/HSE and in private healthcare settings must be trained in the topic of the menopause, including the impact the symptoms can have on working females and their teams. Anyone who is suffe
  3. News Article
    The NHS faces an “exodus” of female doctors who are struggling to work due to a lack of menopause support, a report has warned. The Medical Protection Society, which helps doctors in legal and ethical disputes, said that many quit or reduce their hours over fears that their menopause symptoms, such as brain fog, insomnia and hot flushes, will cause them to accidentally harm patients. A survey found that 36 per cent of female doctors have considered reducing their hours because of menopause symptoms, while one in five have considered early retirement. “With females making up most of t
  4. Content Article
    Last week the The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Menopause published its final long-awaited report following a year-long inquiry into the menopause. The findings demonstrate that widespread action is needed to improve the situation for those going through the menopause. The report makes for a sobering read; women are facing obstacles to good menopause care and are often left feeling frustrated and unheard, with severe symptoms that impact on their careers, home life and relationships. This is particularly so for those women who undergo a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (a surgi
  5. News Article
    Women should be invited for a menopause check-up when they turn 45, a report for MPs says, criticising the current support as completely inadequate. The Menopause All-Party Parliamentary Group says it has listened carefully to women's experiences, including difficulties getting a diagnosis and accessing hormone-replacement therapy (HRT). Many had long waits or were offered antidepressants, against guidelines. The report covers a year-long inquiry. It says action is needed to improve the situation for those going through the menopause, and the families, friends and colleague
  6. Content Article
    Recommendations The Group makes 13 recommendations for Government, NHS and other bodies to initiate change and dispel the long-held taboo around ‘the change’, including to: Urgently scrap prescription costs for HRT in England, as is the case in all the devolved nations. Implement a health check for all women at 45 to help diagnose menopause at an earlier stage. Fund new research into the real benefits of HRT and the link between menopause and serious health conditions. Co-ordinate an employer-led campaign and improve guidance to drive up support for menopause in t
  7. News Article
    Previously offered as prescription only, estradiol tablets, sold under the brand name Gina10, will now be available to women over the age of 50 who have not had a period for more than a year, as part of hormone replacement therapy treatment (HRT). Pharmacists have been offered training to identify who needs the tablets. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) made the decision as part of a strategy to make menopause treatment more accessible for women. Estradiol tablets treat vaginal symptoms caused by a lack of oestrogen, such as dryness, soreness, itchin
  8. Content Article
    The handbook covers the following topics: The Yentl Syndrome Heart disease Stroke Autoimmune disease Dementia Cancer Handling your health Helping women be heard Who’s an expert on your body? Menstruation Pregnancy Infertility Menopause Mental health
  9. News Article
    Women going through menopause should be given greater rights and protection in the workplace, MPs say. The Women and Equalities Committee said a lack of support in the UK was pushing women out of work. The cross-party group wants menopause to become a protected characteristic like pregnancy, to give working women more rights. Caroline Nokes, who chairs the committee said: "Stigma, shame and dismissive cultures can, and must, be dismantled." The government, speaking on the issue for England as health issues is devolved to the national governments in Scotland, Wales and North
  10. Content Article
    Key findings Pregnant women in prison are more likely to experience preterm labour than women in the general population. There are no official data on the number of women in prison who have children. Our work can fill in some of this gap. In 2019/20, 212 women had given birth in hospital within the four years before going to prison, 109 within the two years before. Access to hospital services is poor and this is a long-term issue. Hospital data highlight the complex needs of women in prison, particularly around trauma and substance misuse. Substance misuse plays
  11. News Article
    Hormone replacement therapy is to be offered over the counter for the first time in the UK after the medicines watchdog gave the green light. Millions of women go through the menopause every year, with the majority experiencing some symptoms that can be severe and have a negative impact on everyday life. In a landmark move hailed as a “huge step forward” for women’s health, the first type of HRT to become available at pharmacies without a prescription will be Gina 10 microgram vaginal tablets (containing estradiol). The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  12. Content Article
    The 6-point plan Within the next 10 years, the Women’s Health Strategy for England will have: boosted health outcomes for all women and girls radically improved the way in which the health and care system engages and listens to all women and girls. It will achieve this by: taking a life course approach focusing on women’s health policy and services throughout their lives embedding hybrid and wrap-around services as best practice boosting the representation of women’s voices and experiences in policy-making, and at all levels of the health and c
  13. News Article
    Doctors have hit back at critics saying they are failing menopausal women, and said that treating menopause as a hormone deficiency that requires medical treatment could fuel negative expectations and make matters worse. Writing in the British Medical Journal they said there was an urgent need for a more realistic and balanced narrative which actively challenges the idea that menopause is synonymous with an inevitable decline in women’s health and wellbeing, and called for continued efforts to improve awareness about the symptoms and how to deal with them. “Menopause is a natural eve
  14. News Article
    Women are wasting their time and money buying do-at-home menopause testing kits, doctors have warned. The urine tests are not predictive enough to tell whether a woman is going through the phase when her periods will stop, doctors have told the BBC. The tests, which give a result within minutes, accurately measure levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps manage the menstrual cycle. But experts say it is not a reliable marker of the menopause or perimenopause. Dr Annice Mukherjee, a leading menopause and hormone doctor from the Society of Endocrinology, told the
  15. News Article
    Eight in 10 respondents in the largest survey of menopausal women in the UK said their workplace had no basic support in place and 41% said menopause symptoms were treated as a joke by colleagues. The landmark study found menopausal women were being ignored in the workplace and by healthcare providers, with a third saying it took many GP appointments before they were diagnosed with menopause or perimenopause. This rose to 45% for black and minoritised women. The findings were revealed in a report by the Fawcett Society, based on a survey of more than 4,000 women commissioned by Chann
  16. Content Article
    Key findings show: One in ten women who worked during the menopause have left a job due to their symptoms. Eight out of ten women say their employer hasn’t shared information, trained staff, or put in place a menopause absence policy. Almost half of women haven’t approached their GPs and three in ten have seen delays in diagnosis. Only four in ten women were offered HRT in a timely fashion. The report calls for: Employers to have menopause action plans Make flexible work the default Implement a public information campaign and invite every wo
  17. News Article
    A shortage of specific types of hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) has left women struggling with untreated symptoms of the menopause. Demand for prescriptions has more than doubled since 2017 - partly because of work by campaigners to extend access - but supply of some products has not kept up. Yasmin Darling's experience of the menopause was sudden and profound. Two years ago, she had two operations to reduce her risk of inherited cancer which plunged her into an early menopause. "It's really hard to navigate medical menopause 10 years early," the 45-year-old says. "When you do
  18. Content Article
    Key themes raised in the evidence include: Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, including period poverty and the impact of menstruation on everyday life, whether or not it is painful and heavy. Sexual health and contraception, including barriers to accessing information for particular groups of women and geographical variation in the commissioning of services. Fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and maternal health, including lack of information about factors affecting fertility and options for treatment. Variations in access to IVF were also raised, as well as
  19. News Article
    Women are being left unable to sleep or work competently because of the shortages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products used to treat symptoms of the menopause, the former cabinet minister, Caroline Nokes, has said. Millions of women go through the menopause every year, with many experiencing symptoms that can be severe, such as low mood, anxiety, hot flushes and difficulty sleeping, and have a negative impact on everyday life. The number of prescriptions for HRT in England has doubled in the last five years to more than 500,000 a month. But the rise in prescriptions has come
  20. News Article
    In an ongoing effort to improve care and support for elderly women and women’s health satisfaction and outcomes in general, the government have published their report summarising written responses from 436 organisations and experts from the Women’s Health Strategy call for evidence. The organisations that contributed to the report included participants from the charity sector, academia, professional bodies, clinicians, royal colleges and other general experts in women’s health. The topics highlighted in the report include: Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, inclu
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